When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence.When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
All power corrupts, absolute power is even more fun.
Awaken your heart to kindness and mercy for the people and love and tenderness for them. Never, never act with them like a predatory beast which seeks to be satiated by devouring them, for the people fall into two categories: they are either your brethren in faith or your kindred in creation ... Do not ever say, 'I have been given authority' or 'My command should be obeyed.' Because it corrupts the heart, consumes one's faith, and invites calamities.ali ibn abi talib
Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.benjamin banneker
Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.john w. campbell
As Angelo discovered in Measure for Measure, nothing corrupts like virtue.Germaine Greer
Powerlessness corrupts: absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.rosabeth moss kanter
Capitalism attacks and destroys all the finer sentiments of the human heart; it ruthlessly sweeps away old traditions and ideas opposed to its progress, and it exploits and corrupts those things once held sacred.daniel de leon
A thunderous boo is one thousand times stronger, nobler, and more powerful than a standing ovation. Admiration corrupts.nelson rodrigues
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.john steinbeck
Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Speake, 2009)
Power tends to corrupt , and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority : still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.will durant
The Savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets. There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience; a readiness to attempt the impossible; a bias for simple solutions to cut the knot rather than unravel it; the viewing of compromise as surrender; the tendency to manipulate people and "experiment with blood." Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.Eric Hoffer
Evil communication corrupts good manners. I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
Come purge my soul, Thou Master of my days, Of vain and empty words, of idle ways, Of base ambition and the urge to rule; That hidden serpent that corrupts a fool; and grant me, Lord, to see my sins alone. That I not call my brother to atone; Make chaste my heart and lend me from above Thy fortitude, humility, and love.
I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
The News-writer lies down at Night in great Tranquillity, upon a piece of News which corrupts before Morning, and which he is obliged to throw away as soon as he awakes.
When power leads man toward arrogance , poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts , poetry cleanses.